With the Resident Evil 2 remake last year, Resident Evil fans saw just how well Capcom could do when remaking classic games in the series, so the Resident Evil 3 remake is no doubt hotly anticipated. Luckily, its release date is less than a month away, so Capcom has already revealed quite a bit about the Resident Evil 3 remake’s gameplay changes, story differences, and Resident Evil Resistance multiplayer mode.
After the critical success of the Resident Evil 2 remake, rumors were rampant about the possibility of a Resident Evil 3: Nemesis remake announcement. Leaks beat Capcom to the punch, with the game’s cover art confirming the remake – which drops the “Nemesis” and is just called “Resident Evil 3” – before it could be officially revealed. While perhaps not quite as beloved as other games in the series, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis still looks like it’s making for a promising remake, just as Resident Evil 2 did.
Rather than just a simple remaster, Resident Evil 3 adds new content to the original, fleshing out elements of its story and world and modernizing its gameplay. Below, fans will find information on Resident Evil 3′s release date, gameplay, story, and multiplayer mode (formerly known as “Project Resistance”).
Resident Evil 3 will release on April 3, 2020. The game will come to PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Resident Evil 3′s release date once put it up against both Cyberpunk 2077 and Final Fantasy 7 Remake, after the latter was delayed into April, but CD Projekt Red later delayed Cyberpunk 2077 to September, freeing up the month a bit. Besides Final Fantasy 7 Remake, which releases just four days after Resident Evil 3, other notable April releases include Predator: Hunting Grounds, Trials of Mana, and Gears Tactics. Players curious about Resident Evil 3 will be able to try it before the April release date, when Capcom releases a Resident Evil 3 demo soon. There are also several Resident Evil 3 special editions available for pre-order.
Like the Resident Evil 2 remake, Resident Evil 3 features third-person shooting rather than the fixed camera of the original. It still appears to be relatively deliberate and slow compared to many modern third-person shooters – which helps preserve the horror elements – but it’s more action-oriented than its PS1 predecessor. Protagonist Jill can now easily execute handy side-steps to dodge enemy attacks, and, when timed correctly, these turn into dodge-rolls that initiate a slow-motion counterattack opportunity. But according to a PlayStation Blog preview, players will still need to conserve their resources, collecting and crafting ammo as they go about the environment.
Capcom’s remake will feature reimagined Resident Evil 3 monster designs, including enemies like Mutant Worms, Hunter Gammas, drain deimos, and, of course, zombies. The main attraction, though, is the Resident Evil 3 remake’s Nemesis bio-weapon, which is nastier than ever. He’s more aggressive than Resident Evil 2′s Mr. X, able to grab players from a distance with a tentacle, chase them down at high speeds, jump in front of them, and knock over zombies that get in the way. He can use his massive fists or weapons such as flamethrowers to damage to Jill, so players will have to get creative to escape pursuit, slowing him down with environmental hazards and the like.
From what Capcom has shown so far, it appears Resident Evil 3′s remake will follow the same general story beats as the original game, set around the time of Resident Evil 2′s events in Raccoon City. The remake will expand on certain sections of the original, however, adding new content and context. According to the aforementioned PlayStation Blog preview, Resident Evil 3 “dramatically reinvents” Raccoon City’s streets in a fashion “grander than a one-to-one remaster.” That means new shops, an expanded subway station, and a new sewer system. The section of the original game where Carlos becomes playable will apparently be maintained, or he will otherwise be playable in some other capacity. But with all this added-on content, Capcom has made one story-related omission: The Resident Evil 3 remake won’t have multiple endings.
The news that the Resident Evil 3 remake won’t include Mercenaries mode may have upset some fans, but Capcom is supplying a different bonus mode in its place. Resident Evil Resistance is a 4 vs. 1 multiplayer game included with the Resident Evil 3 remake. The Resident Evil 3 multiplayer mode tasks four co-op players with escaping different maps, avoiding traps, monsters, and other obstacles sent their way by one “Mastermind” player. The Mastermind can also take control of Tyrant bio-weapons like Resident Evil 2′s Mr. X to hunt down the co-op players more directly, but the special abilities at the Mastermind’s disposal depend on which character they’re playing as, such as Resident Evil villains Alex Wesker and Ozwell E. Spencer. Chinese-language footage of the multiplayer mode (via GameRevolution) appeared to reveal it will include microtransaction loot boxes, which wouldn’t be much of a surprise for an otherwise free, multiplayer add-on.
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The Resident Evil 3 remake will release for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on April 3, 2020.